Always a controversial figure since arriving at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, there is no doubting that Diego Costa is one of the most potent strikers in the Premier League. After a subdued season in 2015/16, the Spanish international has been on top form in the current campaign and that’s a main reason why his club are homing in on another league title.
Chelsea are always featured heavily by the live TV schedulers and so, Costa is often the subject of some enhanced odds deals from around the sportsbooks.
At the age of 28, Diego Costa has already played for eight different clubs, starting with Braga in Portugal. That list includes a number of loan spells as he looked for a settled place in any side but after making his professional debut in 2006, Atletico Madrid saw his potential and brought the forward to Spain a year later.
It wasn’t until 2010 however that Costa really started to prove his worth as a front man. In his second spell at Atleti, he scored 43 goals in 94 league games and started to attract the attention of some of the biggest sides in Europe.
Chelsea eventually took the plunge and brought the striker to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £32 Million. His physical style of play has given some unwanted attention but Costa has maintained a similar goals to games ratio while becoming a fans favourite in West London.
Controversy has also surrounded an international career where Diego Costa has played for two different countries. Born in Brazil, he appeared for the nation of his birth twice in 2013 but was later given Spanish nationality and made the switch a year later.
With strikers ahead of him, Costa has only played 14 times for Spain, scoring four times but he is in and around the squad and still has time to add to that tally.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is Diego Costa’s scoring record from over the course of the last three completed seasons.
|Season||Domestic League: La Liga, Premier League||Domestic Cup – Copa Del Rey, FA Cup||Champions League|
|2016/17||– 20 goals in 35 games||– 2 goals in 3 games||– 0 goals in 0 games|
|2015/16||– 12 goals in 28 games||– 2 goals in 5 games||– 2 goals in 8 games|
|2014/15||– 20 goals in 26 games||– one goal in 4 games||– no goals in 7 games|
|2013/14||– 27 goals in 35 games||– one goal in 8 games||– 8 goals in 9 games|
Those are interesting stats for a number of reasons but many will see that in 2015/16 Costa’s record was a relatively poor one, as was Chelsea’s overall season. In 2016/17 he was improving again however and going into the middle of March 2017, had a return of 17 goals in 25 league matches.
Types of Enhanced Offer
The enhanced offers surrounding Diego Costa will be very familiar to those that have seen them issued for other players. As an example, ahead of the FA Cup Sixth Round tie with Manchester United on March 13th 2017, Bet on Brazil were listing a new customer promo that gave the standard book price, plus a £50 free bet token if Chelsea won the match and Diego Costa scored at any time in 90 minutes.
For the same game, SkyBet were quoting a boosted 10/1 for all customers if Costa scored a header. Elsewhere, Winner Sports, Coral and 888Sport are among a number of bookmakers who have published Diego Costa price boosts.
Most of these surround his goal scoring exploits but Coral once gave a 33/1 new customer price on the striker to get a yellow card in a game!
In January 2017, Diego Costa reportedly fell out with Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte over an alleged move to China. That failed to materialise and the striker quickly returned to the squad but talk of a move away from London has continued.
It’s likely that Costa would leave the UK and if China isn’t his final destination there would be plenty of interest, particularly in Spain where he really made his name at club level. For now, he remains a Chelsea player and while that continues, the price boosts will keep flooding in.